The Mongrel SP Trade Range – Boots / Shoes

March 9, 2016

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The Mongrel Trade range provides a combination of premium SP features along with economical rugged leather uppers designed to meet the demands of most common trade environments. They feature our Orthotec PU Air innersole and provide value for money without sacrificing safety or comfort. These boots consist of *ToughSider dual density sole for extra shock absorbency. *Proven Air Zone comfort system. *Orthotec PU Air Innersole that is highly resistant to flattening. *Roller Sole technology for ease of movement. *Steel Toe-cap. *Rugged leather uppers. *Traditional SP comfort and safety.

Electrical Hazard or Anti-Static Boots

February 12, 2016

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The type of boot you need depends on the work you do. Read on to find out more information on Electrical Hazard and Anti-Static Boots to help you make to safest choice.

Electrical Hazard (EH) Work Boots: If there is a chance you will come into contact with live electrical wires (or any energised conductors of low voltage) then Electrical Hazard boots are for you. These are designed to reduce the flow of electricity to the ground, therefore reducing possibility of electrocution.

Anti-Static Work Boots: If you work in an environment that creates static electricity build up, or if you work with flammable materials, ignitable gases and other ignition hazards or you work with sensitive electronic equipment, then these shoes are for you. They are designed to dissipate the amount of static electricity build up on your body.

Metatarsal Guard

February 4, 2016

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Most workers enjoy the protection of safety toe caps; either steel or composite material. However, higher up the foot in the metatarsal area – this part of the foot can also require some extra protection too. There are now safety work boots available that provide this protection.

TPU Sole or Nitrile Sole?

January 10, 2016

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TPU Outsole – Thermo Plastic Urethane
Highly Resistant to most oils and chemicals
High tolerance against abrasion, splitting and cracking
Heat resistant to temperatures of 130 degrees celcius
High tolerance against cuts/excellent tear strength
Premium slip resistant properties

Nitrile Outsole – Heat Resistant Rubber
Premium resistance to oil, mild acids, alkalis’, animal fats
Superior resistance to abrasion, splitting and cracking
Extreme heat tolerance up to 300 degrees celcius
Premium cut resistance and tear strength
Premium slip resistant capability (improves with wear)

Composite Toe Vs Steel Toe Cap?

January 10, 2016

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Composite Toe Cap:

Weighs approx 60grams
Significantly lighter with superior flexibility
Metal Detector friendly & can be X-rayed
Excellent thermal regulation – insulated against heat and cold
Protects against spark ignition and will not transmit electricity
Rebounds after vertical or roll compression

Steel Toe Cap:
Weighs approx 108grams
Cut resistant to power saw
Puncture resistance to nail gun
Mandatory safety equipment on many industrial worksites
Prevents injury from falling objects at a drop force of 200joules

What Footwear should I choose? #1

December 22, 2015

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Safety Footwear can be very confusing. With so many brands and styles on offer these days it can be hard to find the right footwear.

Over the next few weeks we will run a short series to give you the most information you will need to assist in purchasing the right footwear for your job.

This week we will start with footwear terminology;

Nitrile Outsole: Extreme heat tolerance 300degrees, premium resistance to oils, mild acids & animal fats, slip resistance.
TPU Outsole: Highly resistant to most oils & chemicals, Heat resistant 130degrees, slip resistant
Kick Off lugs at Heel: for ease of removal of boots
Bump Cap: A super tough polyurethane scuff over the toe area.
Shock Absorbent Heel: Reduced absorption of hard shock to the heel area.
Composite Steel Toe: approx 60gms, metal detector friendly, protects against spark ignition, significantly lighter.
Anti-Static: A level of protection against ignition hazards.
Steel Toe Cap: approx 108gms, prevents injury from falling objects, puncture resistanr from nail gun, manditory requirement for many industrial work sites. 200joules
BreathActive Lining: Multi-layer functional lining for increased breathability through a micro-channel system, rapid absorption and release of moisture.
Insole: An anatomically designed footbed providing a high level of comfort and moisture control.
Water Resistant: Very resilient when exposed to water increasing longevity.
Heat Resistant:Heat Resistant from 130 degrees to 300 dregrees
Composite Toe Cap: Metal free, lightweight and non-conductive
EVA Cushioning Pad: EVA cushioning pad integrated in the heel area
Torsion Control: TPU Torsion Control element is built into the waist of the sole, providing greater support and stability.
Penetration Resistant: Steel plate within sole to reduce the risk of sharp objects penetrating the sole.
Metatarsal Guard: Superior impact protection higher up the foot area.
Chemical Resistant: Resistant to caustic soda and sulphuric acid.
Slip Resistant: The outsole is slip resistant on most surfaces.
Electrical Hazard: Provides greater protection against electrical shock

Glossary of Industrial Clothing Terms #2

December 18, 2015

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Here is the second installment of industrial clothing terms to assist you when you are making your next purchase;

WATER RESISTANT: Water resistant membranes are often added to the reverse side of rainwear fabrics to ensure no water can penetrate from outside, keeping you dry in wet weather.

HI VIS DAY ONLY: To ensure you are visible in high-risk environments during the day, these garments are developed to be worn during the day time only and never at night. Hi Vis standard colours are generally Orange/Navy or Yellow/Navy.

HI VIS DAY OR NIGHT: These garments are developed to be worn both during the day and also at night. Together with the standard Hi Vis colours Orange/Navy or Yellow/Navy these garments are accompanied with reflective tape to offer maximum protection.

HI VIS NIGHT ONLY: These garments have been developed only to be worn at night. Generally white in colour, these garments have reflective tape to offer visibility from vehicle headlights.

Glossary of Industrial Clothing Terms #1

December 9, 2015

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Many times when you buy garments you are faced with terminology relating the benefits of the product… but what do they mean?

Here is a brief run down on the most commonly used terms;

INDUSTRIAL: Reinforced stitching, heavy duty fabrics, bartacks, rivets. Garments have been delveloped for industrial environments/
STATIC CONTROL: To reduce the risk of an electric shock to the body, 100% cotton is the most commonly used fabric to be static neutral and control static in garments.
LIGHTWEIGHT: Added mesh ventilation on key perspiration points on clothing. Garments are a lighter weight and are breathable.
SUN PROTECTION: The Ultraviolet radiation transmitted through fabric to the skin is measured. Rating – 15 (good protection), 30 (very good protection), 40 to 50+ (excellent protection).
MOISTURE CONTROL: The fabric used will draw perspiration away from your skin, leaving your skin fresher.

Road and Site Safety

December 3, 2015

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The area in which you work should be safe, not only for yourself but for others. Having the right equipment to do this, is a must.

The secret to safety is prevention. Ensure you worksite is safe with use of the following;

Road Safety Light, Traffic Cones, Flags and Buniting, Hazard Tapes, Chains and Barrier Mesh.

It is important to give warnings for machinery, equipment and hazardous substances around the worksite.

SUN PROTECTION – SUNSCREEN

November 25, 2015

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The best way to protect yourself from UV rays is to stay out of the sun. This is near impossible on most work sites. So that means covering up. Not only with clothing and hats but using a SPF30+ or SPF50+ sunscreen.

From Lip balms to 2 litre pump packs, we have a great range of sunscreens to suit your work needs.

Did you now that applying sunscreen is best on clean dry skin and at least 15 minutes before going outside. Re-applying every 2 hours will maintain protection.

Summer is nearly here. Stay protected and block those UV rays.